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Going Green with Gardening Supplies
Grow your garden the way nature intended
- Some “pests” may actually contribute to your garden’s health, including lady bugs, green lacewings, assassin bugs, praying mantis, and other friendly bugs that eat garden-killing bugs.
- Introduce plants that butterflies and bees pollenate: wild lilac, goldenrod and lemon balm.
Become a Composter
- Your kitchen scraps, including coffee grounds, vegetable waste, and even eggshells are known as “gardener’s gold.” Once they’re composted, they enrich soil, improving its texture and helping aeration.
- Learn how to compost at Composting101.com, or read this easy tip
- Let earthworms speed up Mother Nature’s composting process by introducing them to your pile.
Make Natural Animal Repellents
- Keep away rabbits with three tablespoons each of crushed cayenne pepper, Tabasco sauce, and dish soap in a gallon of water. Spray around the garden.
- Deer will stay away from this mix: two eggs mixed with a cup each of water and milk, plus a teaspoon each of crushed garlic, Tabasco and dish soap.
- Cats tend to stay away from citrus smells. Try sprinkling grated lemon and orange peel around the garden.
- Plants that are already adapted to your climate (native and indigenous plants) have a natural resistance others don’t.
- Find them by calling your local agricultural extension office.
- They’re also less likely to need fertilizer or extra water, saving both money and the environment.
Harvest from Heaven
- Installing a rain barrel is a low-tech solution for watering your garden.
- You’ll benefit with a mineral- and chlorine-free garden and yard.
- Save water by installing a drip irrigation system.
Buy the Right Supplies
- Organic fertilizers and pest controls can be found in many health food groceries.
- Look for recycled materials, including plant containers and edging for flower and vegetable beds.
- Bamboo stakes are a friendlier way to stake trees and vines than wooden poles.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America recommends gardeners work when pollen counts are generally lower: on cloudy, cool days and in the evening or late afternoon.